After spending his first three years in the league with the Suns, Goodwin was unexpectedly released by Phoenix just as the regular season was about to begin. The Pelicans claimed Goodwin earlier this month, but he was rarely used in his short stay with the team, averaging 5.0 points over 10.0 minutes per game in his three appearances. With Jrue Holiday (personal) since returning to the team and Tyreke Evans (knee) set to come back in the near future, the team no longer had a need to carry an extra guard, so look for the team to use Goodwin's roster spot to add an extra forward or center.
Goodwin's two-year contract with the Pelicans became official Monday after the team waived the injured Lance Stephenson (groin). The former first-round pick, who was released by the Suns prior to the start of the regular season, could require a few days to mesh with his new team, but he now finds himself in a situation where he could become a rotation player. With Tyreke Evans (knee) and Jrue Holiday (personal) both out indefinitely, Goodwin will battle with Buddy Hield and Langston Galloway for minutes at both guard spots behind backcourt starters Tim Frazier and E'Twaun Moore.
Goodwin has been out of work since being released by the Suns in late October, but it appears he is set to join the Hornets, who are in need of help at the guard position. Goodwin will be behind several other guards on the depth chart, but one of those will not be Lance Stephenson, who is facing a long-term absence but is expected to be released by the Pelicans to open up a roster spot.
In a surprising move, the Suns will part ways with the 22-year-old, who started 13 games last season following injuries to both Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight. The rationale behind the move is unclear, but in the absence of Goodwin, veteran Leandre Barbosa and rookie Tyler Ulis could each see slight increases in minutes off the bench. Through three NBA seasons, Goodwin holds career averages of 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 14.5 minutes per game. Still considered a relatively high-upside player, Goodwin figures to draw considerable interest on the free agent market.
Goodwin supplied a thunderous, game-winning dunk with seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to complete a 30-point comeback for the
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